Apple dropped a new version of Safari on us yesterday with the release of OS X 10.7.4, and with it, closed the door on old versions of Adobe Flash that could potentially create security issues. The new browser update automatically disables older versions of Flash, a technology notorious for security leaks and issues. Here’s a bit from Apple’s support site:

[quote]Out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player do not include the latest security updates and will be disabled to help keep your Mac secure… if Safari 5.1.7 detects an out-of-date version of Flash Player on your system, you will see a dialog informing you that Flash Player has been disabled. The dialog provides the option to go directly to Adobe’s website, where you can download and install an updated version of Flash Player.[/quote]

It’s hard to fault Apple for putting the kibosh on older versions of Adobe’s Flash software. Now if we could just find a way to solve the problem of it pegging all the system resources until your CPU burns a hole through the earth’s crust.

Maybe in a future update.

Source: TUAW